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August 2015 issue

Ready for take-off: astronaut launches mechanical engineering degree

Dr Paul Scully-Power.

Creative writer accepted into New York’s prestigious Columbia writing program

Sarah Harvey

Helping Sam speak


Community helps researchers find message in bottles


Australia’s newest talent at their best in SCU contemporary music showcase

Music showcase performers (left to right)  Brendan Howe, Jaylene Fergus, Ellen Hopkins, Sam Webber, Ashleigh Baker, Chris Hall, Ben Jackson, Nat Gill and Harry Suttor.

After three years honing their craft, Australia’s newest talent emerging from Southern Cross University’s contemporary music program will step up to the stage in a series of performances that are part exam and part musical showcase. Each night will feature live band performances from final year students, showcasing their talents for their examinations in guitar […]

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Adam Goodes, dignity and Aboriginal men: what the research says

Stuart Barlo

By Stuart Barlo Dignity is a concept that has been discussed for approximately 1500 years. Over the past 10 years, various Indigenous leaders have called for the dignity of Indigenous Australia to be restored. One of these leaders is the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma. As commissioner, Calma would […]

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Deb’s new life is welcoming new life


At 63, Deb Wheeler is living her dream as a graduate midwife in her first year in the field. It’s been a vast change from her former life as a successful real estate agent and business owner at Murwillumbah. “I liked being a real estate agent but my heart was never really in it,” she […]

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Renee finds her pathway to success through film


Renee Cashmere-Simpson is open about her struggle with mental health problems and how she’s beating the black dog that’s shadowed her for much of her life.  The 21-year-old from Tweed Heads is completing Southern Cross University’s Preparing for Success Program (PSP), and next year hopes to study the Bachelor of Social Science. It’s been a […]

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Postcard to home: California dreamin’ for sport science student on US exchange

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Country boy and sport science/law student Joseph Teege will be immersed in Californian culture when his international exchange with a Southern Cross University partner university in the United States starts next month. It’s a long way from Armidale, in the New England area of NSW, where Joseph grew up. He will be studying sports management […]

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Meet the staff: Diena Grant-Thompson


What is your job at SCU?   Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) in Speech Pathology involving teaching and supervising speech pathology students in the University’s  Health Clinic on campus at the Gold Coast. Why do you love your job? I get to engage with and in turn learn so much from our wonderful speech pathology student groups who are completing […]

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